Safety Rules Medical Microbiology Lab In the microbiology laboratory we will be using a number of different species of bacteria. While some of these bacteria are harmless to humans, many of them can be classified either as opportunistic pathogens, meaning they can cause disease given the proper set of circumstances, or as primary pathogens which are known to cause disease. In addition, almost all of the bacteria we will be working with can cause an infection if introduced onto broken skin. Therefore, a number of rules must be followed whenever you are in the lab to minimize the chances of infection and possible disease. 1. No food (including chewing gum) or drink will be allowed in the lab at any time. Either don’t bring it to lab, or dump it before you come in. You will not be allowed to simply set your soda or coffee and sticky bun on the side bench until the end of class. 2. Disinfect your benchtop before class to prevent contamination from the preceding class, and after class to protect others using this lab. Always assume that a surface in the lab is contaminated until you have personally disinfected it. 3. Wash your hands before and after class, and anytime during class that you feel it is necessary. 4. Clean up all spills promptly and clean area with disinfectant. 5. Cover any cuts, sores, etc..., before coming to class; report any injuries you get during lab immediately. 6. Do not place your fingers in your mouth or eyes until they have been washed. 7. Do not touch, taste, or smell of any culture unless instructed to do so. 8. Do not place anything on the benchtop that does not need to be there (ie., books, purses, backpacks, etc...). 9. Properly dispose of all waste materials as instructed. These rules are for your protection as well as the protection of others. Please note that repeated failure to follow these rules will result in points being deducted from your grade.
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